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File #: 21-497    Version: 1 Name: EBCE Opt-Up SR
Type: Staff Report Status: Filed
In control: City Council
Meeting Date: 9/7/2021 Final action: 9/7/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Staff Report for a Resolution of the City of San Leandro City Council to Upgrade Residential and Commercial/Industrial Customers to East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Renewable 100 Plan
Sponsors: Debbie Pollart

Title
Staff Report for a Resolution of the City of San Leandro City Council to Upgrade Residential and Commercial/Industrial Customers to East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Renewable 100 Plan

Staffreport
SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATION
Staff recommends that the City Council adopt a resolution to upgrade the default rate for East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) residential and commercial/industrial customers from the current Bright Choice rate plan to the Renewable 100 rate plan. Implementation for residential customers would begin in March 2022, and for commercial/industrial customers in October 2022.

BACKGROUND

When the EBCE Joint Powers Authority (JPA) was formed in 2018, three levels of service or products for its customers were established as follows:

* Bright Choice - basic service level at a 1% discount to PG&E rates with a minimum of 5% more renewable energy than PG&E's annual forecast.

* Brilliant 100 - 100% carbon-free service set at the same rate as PG&E (closed to new customers in original service territory as of August 1, 2020).

* Renewable 100 - 100% California wind and solar power set at $0.01 (one cent) per kWh over PG&E rates.

When rolled out to residential and commercial customers, the City's default rate at that time was Bright Choice; a decision that was brought to the City Council for consideration prior to initiating. At the same time, the City chose the Brilliant 100 rate for all municipal accounts.


Analysis

Many EBCE member jurisdictions have Climate Action Plans (CAPs) with specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals to be achieved by specific dates. Customers receiving Brilliant 100 or Renewable 100 service achieve additional GHG emissions savings that contribute to cities meeting their CAP goals. Three city councils (Albany, Hayward, and Piedmont) passed resolutions in 2018 requesting Brilliant 100 or Renewable 100 service as the default option at the time of the initial program launch. Pleasanton's City Council likewise pass...

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